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One More Guitar #14: Sanding and Applying the Finish

12-10-2020 10:46 PM by Craftsman on the lake | 5 comments »

Yup, part 14… geesh when will it end? One more episode after this though, fretting, setting up and playing the thing. Anyway, this entry shows the very involved sanding and wood preparation process and making of the oil based finish for the thing. Lots of ways to do this. Some a lot better. This is just one of the possibilities. The video below shows this process. “

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One More Guitar #10: Attaching the back and cutting the fret slots

11-04-2020 12:45 AM by Craftsman on the lake | 0 comments »

The sound box is now enclosed, the neck needs finalizing, and the fret slots will be cut on the ebony fretboard. This short video shows that process. I’m making a guitar after a 44 year hiatus. The last one I made in my early 20’s.

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One More Guitar #9: Gluing on the soundboard and prepping the back.

11-01-2020 03:34 AM by Craftsman on the lake | 5 comments »

The braced soundboard is mounted onto the guitar sides in this video. The back is also prepped with braces, getting ready to enclose the sound chamber. The video is here or click the following window.

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One More Guitar #7: Bracing the soundboard

10-25-2020 09:42 PM by Craftsman on the lake | 3 comments »

All pieces of the X bracing for the soundboard are made and glued in place. Then, the braces are preliminarily carved down to rough shape.This is one more guitar after a 41 year hiatus from making them. The last one made when I was 24 years old. It uses materials purchased at that time and tools and jigs of that era. See the video here

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One More Guitar #6: Bending the sides

10-22-2020 07:56 PM by Craftsman on the lake | 2 comments »

The past couple of days I managed to bend the sides and fit them to the mold. The end blocks were made and the kerf put in the top side. I’m making ‘one more guitar’ after a 40 year hiatus. Last one I made was in the late 70’s. A pandemic project! A short video shows the process. This is part 6..

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One More Guitar #4: Prepping the top, back, and rosette

10-11-2020 11:21 PM by Craftsman on the lake | 3 comments »

The past couple of days I prepared the top, and back and began making the soundhole rosette. Making a guitar is sort of like building a machine. But in this case you don’t buy the parts and assemble them. You make the parts first, then when all the pieces are made you can assemble them. I’m at the point where a number of parts are in the process of being made together on a rotating basis. You can see the short video here or click the graphic below.

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One More Guitar #2: Prepping and gluing up the top, and a bit of nostalgia

10-05-2020 09:55 PM by Craftsman on the lake | 1 comment »

Today I used a couple of hours to joint the sitka spruce guitar top and glue it up in a simple jig. I also break out two books that I’ve had for a very, very long time on making a guitar. In one book I find a catalog for guitar wood that I had used to order the wood I am currently using… from 1976. This is a short video just a bit of progress. No rush. It’s going to be a long, pandemic, winter.

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Of Tool Cabinets, Chewing Gum and Sealng Wax #18: Squares, Squares and more Squares...

04-01-2020 12:55 AM by Bill Berklich | 3 comments »

OK, I’m not a galoot. I use hand tools to augment my power tools. While the quite whisper of a sharp plane on pine like the silent fall of heavy snow is wondrous, the screaming song of an 6 inch jointer and instant piles of wood shavings fits me better. That said I do like a well made tool. Earlier I rehandled a Two Cherries backsaw and honestly I like it better than my Veritas Dovetail saw – more on that later. It got me to thinking about other tools I could make. And then...

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50 for 50 - turning 50 as I turn 50 #18: Free wood = bowl

05-07-2019 03:43 PM by mnguy | 0 comments »

I donated several turned items for a silent auction at our church. My work got some exposure and people were very complimentary, which is very nice :). One parishioner subsequently brought me some pieces of a spruce stump they cut up. Most of the wood was pretty soft and rotting, but I was able to hack one usable blank out of it. The soft nature of the wood and really open pores made turning a bit difficult. The end grain, in particular, I could not get even halfway smooth with tools. I sande...

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Alaska Cabin #3: The Live Edge Counter

02-06-2019 02:51 AM by Matt Snyder | 0 comments »

When I moved in to the small 13’ x 15’ dry cabin on the fire base in McGrath, AK it was nicer than most of the primitive cabins on base. Some of the walls had rough cut white spruce panels and there was a little hand made furniture from previous crafty resident firefighters. In the kitchen area the counter was a white painted piece of plywood braced to the wall with a simple cabinet underneath. I figured I could do better and thus began my first major woodworking project that started m...

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